James Frantz

Frantz Law Group, APLC
402 West Broadway
Suite 860
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-5945

James P. Frantz

Mr. Frantz’s experience includes litigating wildfire disasters, catastrophic injury claims, tractor-trailer collisions, amusement park accidents, products liability, motorcycle and automobile collisions, aviation accidents, fire and explosion related injury and wrongful death claims, mass transit accidents, construction accidents, industrial accidents, complex business disputes, class actions and
mass torts.

Mr. Frantz and co-counsel have achieved landmark court victories such as (1) a recent $55.4 million jury verdict awarded to the families of four marines who were killed as a result of the negligence of a utility company SDGE,  a SEMPRA subsidiary*(Utility refused to make any pre-trial settlement offer or engage in any settlement discussions) (2) professional negligence jury verdict of $223 million*, which is reportedly the largest Souther California verdict jury verdict for an individual client Defendant’s highest pre-trial offer to settle was $100,000); and (3) a class action settlement of $24 million. Mr. Frantz’s expertise was sought by Congress where he was requested to testify as a product liability expert with respect to litigation against a product manufacturer in which he (along with co-counsel) recovered an $18.5 million verdict (Defendant’s highest pre-trial settlement offer was $500,000).

The Daily Transcript has honored Mr. Frantz as one of the Top 10 Attorneys. Mr. Frantz has been nominated for Top Attorneys in the insurance  and personal injury category 2010 - 2018. Mr. Frantz has been honored as a Super Lawyer for ten consecutive years, 2008-2018, and has been honored in the Best Lawyers of America for 8 years.

Mr. Frantz is a cum laude graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He represented the San Diego County Bar Association as a Delegate to the State Bar of California and has qualified to serve as a Special Master by the State Bar of California for the past 30 years. He has been an Arbitrator for 30 years. He is a Master of the William B. Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Honors and Awards

One of the largest Southern California jury verdicts for an individual client ($223 million)*
Largest San Diego verdict against a supplement drug manufacturer ($18.5 million)*
Largest wrongful death Aviation jury verdict in U.S. History against a Public Utility Corporation for negligent maintenance of its equipment ($55.4 million)*
Daily Transcript’s Top 10 Attorneys
Outstanding California Trial Lawyers nomination
Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Super Lawyers 2008 - 2018
Best Lawyers of America 2010 - 2018
AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel 2012 - 2018**
Best California Trial Attorneys by Best Lawyers
Tier 1 ranking for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs by U.S. News —
Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings — 2010 - 2018
Top Attorneys by The New York Times & Los Angeles Magazine
Top Attorneys by Best Lawyers 2013 - 2018
Top 100 Verdicts in the Nation


San Diego County Bar Association
National Business Institute (NBI)
Western Trial Lawyers Association
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)


San Diego Inns of Court Trial Advocacy
Over 200 legal seminars and symposiums with respect to spinal cord injury, brain injury, rehabilitation, wrongful death, trial advocacy, civil litigation and mock jury trials


Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Civil litigation before trial Defending and taking Depositions Preparing for Trial


National Business Institute (NBI) Trial Advocacy Deposition and Discovery

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association (20 year member of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Sections) Napa, Sonoma, Los Angeles and San Diego, County Bar Associations
Consumer Attorneys of California Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles & San Diego American Association for Justice
(APITLA)  Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Master, William B. Enright Chapter of The American Inns of Court (15 years)
Delegate, State Bar of California Special Master, State Bar of California (1982 to Present)
Arbitrator: Superior Court (1982 to Present)
Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Wildfire Litigation/Public Utility Regulation
Complex Business Litigation
Professional Negligence
Mass Torts/Class Actions

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern and Central
Districts of California
U.S. Tax Court


Thomas Jefferson School of Law,
San Diego, California
Juris Doctor - 1979
University of California, Santa Barbara,
Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 1975
Major: Political Science

*Reduced and appealed, resolved for a confidential amount. Results in other matters do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. These results were dependent on the facts of the specific cases, and results will differ if based on different facts.

**AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

American Board of Trial Advocacy is an invitation-only national organization of leading trial attorneys dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary and the right to trial by jury. Members admitted undergo a rigorous screening process as to their jury trial skills and advocacy, and their reputation as to civility, integrity and character.

Office Locations:

2029 Century Park East, #400
Los Angeles, CA 90067

770 L Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814

8050 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 300
Fresno, CA 93711

71 Stevenson Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

11801 Pierce Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92505

4900 California Avenue, Tower B
Bakersfield, CA 93309

402 West Broadway, Suite 860
San Diego, CA 92101